Kalate splashes on his birthday on day 2

first_imgThe packed arena added to the exciting atmosphere as the swimming competition went into its second day of competition.Kalate, debuting for PNG at the Commonwealth Games, contested the men’s 100m breastroke heat and swam in a time of 1.08.11.Fellow swimmers Sam Seghers, Joshua Tarere and Ashley Seeto also contested in their individual events yesterday with Seghers in the men’s 200m freestyle, Tarere in the 100m freestyle and Seeto also in the men’s 100m breaststroke.The highly contested event was dominated by Australia, New Zealand and England however, PNG made its own mark through Tarere, who registered a personal best against his name with a time of 56.74 in the 100m freestyle.The swimmers’ combined for their final event of the day in the men’s 4x100m relay heats, which they finished strongly in 3.43.29 seconds.After a slow start the day before, Team PNG’s lawn bowls showed some fire in their performance on Friday with closely fought matches on the green.The men’s triples team were edged by 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallists, South Africa, 16-15, while Catherine Whimp went down to her Norfolk Island opponent 21-11 in the women’s singles event.In weightlifting, Dika Toua picked up Team PNG’s second medal at the Gold Coast with a silver in the women’s 53kg division.last_img read more

Palm oil executives arrested in bribery scandal in Indonesia

first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor In a sting operation on Friday, Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency caught a representative of Indonesia’s Sinarmas conglomerate bribing a pair of provincial legislators from Central Kalimantan.The firm wanted the politicians to avoid an investigation into the pollution of Lake Sembuluh in Seruyan, a district in Central Kalimantan. Local residents and activists say the lake, which is ringed by plantations and mills, has been contaminated by palm oil processing waste and pesticides.The company also wanted the provincial legislators to tell the media that its operating permits were in order, according to the KPK. JAKARTA — Three executives from one of Indonesia’s biggest palm oil firms were arrested over the weekend by the nation’s anti-graft agency after an employee was caught bribing politicians to kill an inquiry into water pollution and plantation licenses in Borneo, the agency said on Sunday.The executives work for Sinarmas, a sprawling conglomerate owned by Indonesia’s billionaire Widjaja family. One of them, Edy Saputra Suradja, has been a vice president of PT Sinar Mas Agro Resources and Technology (SMART) since 2008. SMART is one of the Widjaja family’s main palm oil arms, presiding over dozens of plantations and mills across Indonesia. Edy tendered his resignation after the scandal broke.The two other executives, Willy Agung Adipradhana and Teguh Dudy Syamsury Zaldy, are the chief executive and legal director, respectively, of PT Binasawit Abadi Pratama, a smaller company operating near Lake Sembuluh in Seruyan district, in the Bornean province of Central Kalimantan. The lake is ringed by oil palm plantations and mills and has become severely polluted, with residents complaining of itchy skin after swimming in its waters and the collapse of fish stocks.Four members of the Central Kalimantan provincial legislature were also named as suspects in the case, Indonesia’s anti-graft agency, the KPK, announced in a press conference on Oct. 28. Legislators had been investigating reports from Seruyan residents that companies had contaminated Lake Sembuluh by dumping palm oil processing waste in its waters, the agency said.“The fish aren’t as abundant anymore,” James Watt, a farmer who lives a short walk from the lake, told Mongabay last year during an investigation into corruption in Seruyan. “The difference is the investors are here. The oil palm plantations are here.”James Watt at Lake Sembuluh. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.The case came to light when the KPK received a tip about a planned meeting in Jakarta between Binasawit representatives and provincial legislators, during which the bribery was supposed to take place.On Oct. 26, KPK investigators arrested Tira Anastasya, who works in Binasawit’s financial department, together with two members of the Central Kalimantan legislature, Edy Rosada and Arisavanah, at the food court of a shopping mall in Central Jakarta, shortly after the money was handed over, according to a KPK timeline of events.The KPK also secured 240 million rupiah ($16,000) in cash inside a black plastic bag.After that, the KPK moved to arrest four Sinarmas executives at the conglomerate’s headquarters in Jakarta: Edy, the SMART vice president; Willy, the Binasawit CEO; Feredy, a Binasawit director; and Jo Daud Darsono, the CEO of SMART. Of those, only Edy and Willy have been charged in the case. Teguh, the Binasawit legal director who has also been charged, turned himself in to the KPK.Four legislators — Borak Milton and Punding L.H. Bangkan, as well as Edy and Arisavanah — have been charged in the case. Several other legislators have been arrested by the KPK.Sinarmas said in a statement that it “deeply regrets” the emergence of the scandal.“We hope our business units and their subsidiaries operating in Indonesia operate in accordance with Indonesia’s laws and regulations,” the firm said.“We will fully cooperate with the investigation process and we hope the issue can be resolved quickly.”KPK deputy head Laode Syarif, right, addresses the press on Oct. 28 as two of his colleagues display the confiscated bribe money. Image by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay.Permits in focusThe KPK isn’t only looking at water pollution. After provincial legislators followed up on residents’ complaints about the quality of the lake, they discovered problems with Binasawit’s permits, according to the KPK.Sinarmas wanted to pay off the legislators not only to kill the inquiry into water pollution but also to tell the media that Binasawit’s permits were in order, the agency said.“Don’t forget, the one that issued the permits was the district government,” Laode Syarif, deputy head of the KPK, said at the press conference.“We have to look at when [Binasawit] started operating, so we can see who issued the permits,” Laode said.According to documents published on the website of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and a provincial government database, the permits underpinning Binasawit’s operations were issued by Darwan Ali, who was the head of Seruyan district from 2005 to 2015.Last year Mongabay in collaboration with the The Gecko Project published an investigation into Darwan’s licensing practices, showing he had issued licenses for 18 enormous oil palm plantations to as many shell companies formed by his relatives and cronies. Instead of developing the plantations, these individuals flipped the companies, with the licenses attached, to conglomerates owned by the billionaire Kuok and Rachmat families for millions of dollars.Today Seruyan, and especially the Lake Sembuluh area, is home to one of the largest expanses of oil palm in Indonesia.“The lake is dirty because people bathe in it and poop in it,” Darwan’s son Ahmad Ruswandi, who became head of the Seruyan district legislature after losing a 2013 bid to replace his father as district chief, told Mongabay and The Gecko Project last year. “If there weren’t any companies, the lake would still be dirty.”Land concessions for oil palm plantations encircle Lake Sembuluh and the villages on its shores, on the island of Borneo.Lake Sembuluh is surrounded by eight factories milling palm fruit into crude palm oil, according to Save Our Borneo (SOB), an NGO based in Central Kalimantan.SOB director Safruddin said the lake was contaminated not only with waste from the mills but also with pesticides from the plantations surrounding it.Laode, the KPK deputy head, said corruption in the forestry, plantation and environmental sector was “very harmful” to both the environment and people.“Especially if the corruption is aimed to cover up the dumping of waste in a lake which is a source of life and an ecosystem,” he added. It’s a place people depend on for their livelihoods.”That’s why the KPK is paying special attention to corruption in the natural resource sector, including the plantation sector, Laode said, adding that the government should use the bribery scandal as a jumping-off point to review permits that have been issued for plantations around Lake Sembuluh.In September, President Joko Widodo signed a three-year moratorium on new permits for oil palm plantations in Indonesia and ordered a review of existing permits.Dimas Hartono, head of the Central Kalimantan chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), said the permit review should pay special attention to the province.“We appreciate the KPK’s work in the sting operation,” he said. “Hopefully this case can be followed up because this kind of bad practice has been going on for a long time.”Dimas Hartono in Palangkaraya, the capital of Central Kalimantan province. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.Banner: Lake Sembuluh. Image by Leo Plunkett for The Gecko Project.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Corruption, Crime, Environmental Crime, Governance, Palm Oil, Plantations, Pollution, Water Pollution last_img read more

Combating drug trafficking

first_imgThe authorities in Guyana are facing some real challenges in relation to tackling the issue of drug trafficking and the related problems that come with such activity. While there have been some successes at preventing traffickers from being successful in carrying out these illegal acts, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to put a real dent on drug trafficking.In some cases, persons carrying illegal drugs slip through our ports here undetected. It is only when they arrive at their destination that they are discovered with the illegal drugs. The same goes for cargo containers, boxes, parcels and so on; in quite a few cases, they pass through the relevant security systems here undetected, due to what some perceive to be collusion of a numbers of officers from the relevant agencies involved.International and regional institutions have, for quite some time now, been trying to come up with a strategy that would seek to reverse this growing threat, but traffickers are becoming smarter and are using other methods to “beat the system,” thereby creating more difficulties for law enforcement agencies.Counter-drug efforts have pushed traffickers to use new routes through the Caribbean as they seek to ship illegal drugs from South America into the United States, Europe and other destinations. They are also using containers with the aim of concealing the illegal items. It is no secret that, in the past, large amounts of drugs have transited in and out of Guyana on cargo and other ships. Cocaine is often concealed in legitimate commodities, and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, “go-fast” boats, or various postal methods.The Caribbean is the midway point between illicit drug producers in the South and consumers in the North. Despite the interception of cocaine and other illegal items by local law enforcement officials, the United States and other international agencies believe that large volumes still pass through Guyana’s borders undetected.A key report on the global fight against drug trafficking and money laundering, which was released by the United States Department of State last year, had noted that Guyana has a long road ahead in combating the drug scourge. The report, titled “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” had said that Guyana is a transit country for cocaine destined for the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and West Africa.Cocaine originating in Colombia is smuggled to Venezuela, and onward to Guyana by sea or air. The report had said that smugglers also transit land borders with Brazil, Venezuela, and Suriname.Traffickers are attracted by the country’s poorly monitored ports, remote airstrips, intricate river networks, porous land borders, and weak security sector capacity.On the positive side, a few years ago, with US funding through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Container Control Programme (CCP) established “a multi-agency CCP Port Control Unit at the John Fernandes Wharf. The aim of setting up the unit was to strengthen the country’s capacity to assist in combating the threats posed by drug and gun traffickers using shipping containers to ply their trade.This was an excellent initiative which has seen some successes so far in preventing illegal items from passing through our borders.Also, Guyana has enacted crucial legislation that could enable a more-effective response to the threat of drug trafficking. For example, the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act of 2009, Interception of Communications Act of 2008, Criminal Law Procedure Act (revised in 1998), and Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act of 1988 were designed to enhance the investigative capabilities of law enforcement authorities and prosecutors in obtaining convictions of drug traffickers.Certainly, drug trafficking and related criminal activities represent one of the most potent threats to democracy and stability in Guyana and the region. It undermines the rule of law and democratic governance, hence strenuous efforts must be made by all stakeholders involved to win the battle against traffickers. It should be noted, too, that drug trafficking is not only associated with violence and organized crime, evidence shows that it is linked to terrorist activities, and it is also connected to money laundering, arms and human trafficking, and corruption.last_img read more

Women seriously injured in Diamond accident

first_imgAn early morning accident in the vicinity of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre has left one woman seriously injured and a young man suffering lacerations about his body.Injured: Donette GriffithThe injured woman was identified as Donette Griffith, 38, mother of four, who resided in Kitty, Georgetown, and was employed as a dental nurse at the medical facility. Griffith reportedly suffered a fractured spine and is said to be a patient of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital.The young man injured, was identified as a work study student. He received minor injuries, was treated and discharged.Reports indicate that a speeding car swerved from colliding with a Canter, resulting in the car driving over the median separating the two carriageways, and slamming into Griffith and the teenager.The drivers of both the Canter and the car were arrested and are assisting Police with their investigations.last_img read more

Rosicky won’t start quarter-final

first_img0Shares0000PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 21 – Czech Republic playmaker Tomas Rosicky will definitely not start the Euro 2012 quarter-final against Portugal later on Thursday, team manager Vladimir Smicer told Czech TV.Rosicky, 31, has been struggling to be fit in time after suffering an inflamed Achilles tendon in the first-half of the 2-1 group stage win over Greece which saw him miss the final Group A game, the 1-0 win over co-hosts Poland. However, whilst he was able to train on Wednesday for the first time in over a week after undergoing two days of treatment in Prague, Smicer said his team-mate from the flair-filled Euro 2004 side was not fit enough to start.“It is certain that Tomas will not play from the start,” he told Czech public TV channel CT.However, Arsenal star Rosicky, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, one of which forced him to miss Euro 2008, will be on the substitutes’ bench and could get some playing time, according to Smicer.The quarter-final will be the third meeting between the two sides in five Euros, both winning one apiece, though, the Czechs won the most important one the 1996 quarter-final 1-0 on their way to losing to Germany in the final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The players most Fantasy Premier League managers have already dropped

first_imgWe’re two weeks into the new season and things are already getting interesting in the Fantasy Premier League.Some superstars are shining but others have flopped so far, leading to managers across the world wielding the axe.Whether it’s due to form, injuries, or suspension, bosses are chopping and changing their sides, but which player has been sold the most?Click the right arrow above to find out the most transferred out players, so far, in Fantasy Premier League…*All figures correct on Tuesday, August 22 at 3pm 9. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) – 137,773 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Last season, the left-back delivered plenty of points but this campaign he’s only managed three – not good enough. 20. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – 96,175 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Click the right arrow above to see which player has been transferred out the most… – A 3-2 defeat to Burnley in the opening gameweek saw many managers ditch the Belgian. 20 19. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – 99,115 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – A defeat to Stoke for the Gunners has seen some bosses lose faith in the French striker. 4. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – 206,884 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – A red card for the midfielder against Burnley saw him get sold by a lot of managers. 11. Victor Lindelof (Manchester United) – 133,526 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – The summer signing hasn’t played yet, despite looking likely to in pre-season, and now managers are selling quickly. 5. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 192,545 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Usually you can rely on the Belgian to get goals and assists but he has none so far leading to panicking bosses giving him the boot. 20 20 12. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) – 128,691 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – When a striker struggles for goals, he’s quickly ditched by Fantasy Premier League bosses, and Benteke hasn’t been up to scratch. 8. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 138,882 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – With Liverpool facing tough fixtures and the Egyptian getting dropped to the bench against Crystal Palace, he’s earned the chop from a lot of managers. 15. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 115,284 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – An injury saw several bosses sell the England striker but as he returns to fitness he could be signed again. 20 10. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – 135,895 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Like Benteke, Man City star Jesus hasn’t scored so far so managers have dropped him. 1. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – 638,207 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – An early season injury sees the Eagles’ winger top of the list, and it isn’t too surprising. 20 14. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) – 115,439 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – The midfielder is a great cheap option but has yet to earn big points and is getting the chop. 20 20 20 18. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 99,525 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – With his role in Pep Guardiola’s side uncertain, Sterling is on the slide in the Fantasy Premier League. 6. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – 182,514 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – His red card against Everton has seen managers sell him on the quick, despite his ban only being one game. 20 7. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – 152,089 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – The Brazilian star is currently out of the Reds’ team due to a back injury, and has a possible transfer hanging over his head. No wonder he is being sold by many bosses. 3. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 246,961 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Currently continuing his August curse, Kane is yet to score this season, and managers are giving him the boot. 17. Willian (Chelsea) – 106,921 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – Only one assist so far has seen managers drop the Brazilian on the quick. 20 20 20 20 13. Javier Hernandez (West Ham) – 119,386 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – After drawing a blank in the first weekend, Chicharito was binned by bosses. His double against Southampton will have them crawling back, though. 2. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) – 351,348 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – LIke team-mate Fabregas, a red card against Burnley saw Cahill given the chop. 20 20 20 20 20 16. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – 107,221 managers have sold him after two gameweeks – He might have got a goal and an assist in his first two gameweeks but managers are selling the Brazil star, presumably as they are about to play Arsenal and Manchester City. 20 20last_img read more

Spain toughens rules to help curb bad driving

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.But so far the busy roads of Spain do seem safer, said Javier Villalba, a senior official at the General Traffic Directorate, part of the Interior Ministry. “People are driving slower than they did … ,” he said in an interview. “This is something we observe objectively when we calculate speeds monitored by radar.” Under the new system, drivers are assigned 12 points each with their licenses. For each infraction, along with the traditional fine and possible license suspension for serious mistakes, they lose points. If the number falls to zero, they lose the license for six months. Drunk driving costs up to six points, talking on a cell phone is worth three, and throwing a cigarette butt out the window – a source of forest fires in bone-dry summers – carries a four-point punishment. The program is the latest thrust by an activist socialist government that has legislated social changes on everything from smoking in the workplace (it is now banned) to gay marriage (it is now legal). Spaniards seem to like the idea of safer roads, even if some have to be prodded into it. Cristina Gomez, a 37-year-old theater-costume designer, said she is going along with the new rules, buckling up always and ignoring her cell phone while driving, but she considers the program misguided. The government should instead lower speed limits and crack down harder on drunk driving, she said. And for that matter, why let manufacturers sell cars that can do 125 mph if that speed is off-limits? “It does not make sense,” she said. So how badly do Spaniards drive on the nation’s roads, where the speed limit is 75 mph on the fastest highways? The European Union’s statistics office says Spain recorded 113 traffic fatalities per million inhabitants in 2004, the last year for which complete figures are available. The average for the 25-nation bloc was 95. Countries with the lowest rates included the Netherlands (50), Sweden (54) and Britain (56). The only nations with worse records than Spain among the original 15 members of the bloc were Portugal and Greece. Most new members from eastern Europe also had higher rates than Spain. “I’ve seen people doing 160 or 180 (100 or 115 mph). As they pass, you cannot even see them,” said 18-year-old Silvia Puras. But it’s clear people are driving more carefully now, she said. “They don’t do as many stupid things as they used to.” Antonio Lucas, spokesman for the Royal Spanish Automobile Club, insists that the country’s drivers are no worse than elsewhere in Europe, particularly those in Italy, where the speed limit on three-lane highways is nearly 95 mph, or in Germany with its autobahn superhighways, which generally have no limit at all. The problem here, he says – and Villalba agrees – is that as Spain’s car culture experienced rapid growth, Spaniards’ level of highway safety awareness failed to keep pace. “It is not so much that Spain is like the Wild West, the Spanish driver thinks he always drives well – it is the others who drive poorly,” he said. Spanish highways reflect the nation’s explosive economic expansion in the generation since it emerged from decades of isolation under the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, who died in 1975. Spain now boasts the world’s eighth-largest economy, including a fleet of 26 million vehicles on its roads, compared with 8 million in 1979. That is an increase of 225 percent, while the population grew just 19 percent, to 44 million. Villalba says Spain’s drivers need to improve their civic-mindedness when they are on the road. “When a person from another country comes here, say European or American, they probably notice a difference in the way people drive,” he said. “Our goal is gradually to get close to the standard of developed countries, such as the average of the European Union or U.S. figures.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MADRID, Spain – Driving in Spain is anything but dull. Motorists tailgate at 80 mph, switch lanes abruptly to grab a car-length edge and double park as if the world were one big garage. But a strict new penalty system is curbing Spaniards’ roguish behavior behind the wheel, at least for now. Suddenly, car-clogged streets and highways – symbols of Spain’s transformation from backwater to dynamo in one generation – are no longer playgrounds for speedsters. The government says traffic deaths are down 25 percent since a points-based driving-license system took effect July 1, bringing the world’s second-most-popular tourist destination in line with other countries in Europe and elsewhere that adopted such arrangements years ago. The overseers of Spain’s overworked highway system acknowledge it is too early to draw firm conclusions. They say many drivers may just have been scared by the heightened risk of losing their license, but will revert to nonchalant motoring as the shock factor wears off. last_img read more

Arsenal legend says Spurs are ‘unravelling’ and will ‘comfortably’ lose derby

first_imgPaul Merson is convinced Arsenal will ‘comfortably’ beat Tottenham in this weekend’s north London derby.The Gunners legend also believes Spurs are out of the race to win the Premier League title despite the season being only three games in.Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to struggling Newcastle on Sunday. Getty Images – Getty “Christian Eriksen is their most creative player but he’s been on the bench. I mean, who else have Spurs got that can put the ball through the eye of a needle?“I rate Tottenham highly as a team – they were Champions League finalists less than three months ago after all – but they have shocked me. “They have been my biggest disappointment this season so far, and I’m not just saying that because I used to play for Arsenal.“Pochettino’s comments that he has never seen so much unrest at a football club the other day were concerning and eye-opening. Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNewcastle vs Leicester (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLincoln City vs Everton (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Spurs have won just 15 points from their previous 15 matches, and were stunned by Newcastle on Sunday What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas rookie error 2 OFF “And when a talent like Mohamed Salah scores such a special goal, there is nothing you can do but hold your hands up.“But it wasn’t all bad for Unai Emery’s side. “A couple of weeks ago I’d have looked at Sunday’s north London derby and said Arsenal would be happy with a draw, but after their positive start to the season, I expect them to win comfortably now.” Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 16.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest Arsenal caller says he wants Unai Emery outThe Argentine admitted in his post-match press conference that his squad is unsettled with the European transfer window still open until September 2. The futures of Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, who both started on the bench against Newcastle, remain uncertain. Former Arsenal midfielder Merson told Sky Sports: “They are out of the title race already, five points behind Liverpool with three games played.“That may sound harsh, but would you back Spurs to win the league over Liverpool if Liverpool had a five-point head start?“Something isn’t right at Spurs but what is clear is that Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t got his team right yet. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more targets statement center_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “He doesn’t normally speak so strongly, he always looks after the club’s interests and gets on with the job at hand. But his comment suggests things are unravelling at the moment.”Tottenham next face an Arsenal side who have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign. Unai Emery’s men have beaten Newcastle and Burnley, but fell to a first defeat of the season at Liverpool on Saturday.But it could have been different for Arsenal if £72million club-record signing Nicolas Pepe had converted a golden chance to give Arsenal the lead at 0-0.Merson said: “When you go to Liverpool and Manchester City these days, you have to take your chances, Arsenal didn’t. LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Mohamed Salah scored twice against Arsenal to fire Liverpool to victory last_img read more

Mobile shoppers beat the rush

first_img“As shoppers become more comfortable with mobi we will see bigger purchases taking place and technology to shift higher up the ranks,” said Novitzkas. A recent Mobile Shopping Survey conducted by kalahari.com not only shows that 51% of connected South Africans access the mobile internet every day, but that they also have intent to transact, with 26% of respondents having already made a purchase and a further 53% considering it. The usual favourites “Mobile shopping is still a small base of overall transaction volume and we are aware that consumers need to be comfortable with retrieving information and content before they become at ease with making transactions on mobile devices,” said Novitzkas. 7 December 2011 Kalahari anticipates similar favourites similar to those from its website to be purchased on its mobile site this festive season. “Top selling categories on our mobi site to date have been books, then DVDs, then games followed by technology, and we can expect much of the same for this festive season. When kalahari.com launched its mobile platform in March this year, it recorded growth of 37% within a month of its launch and over 200% in the period to September 2011. Over 70% of South Africa’s population own a mobile phone, and mobile internet access is fast surpassing PC internet access, making mobile a commercial channel that cannot be ignored.center_img Mobile cannot be ignored With holiday season around the corner, more South African shoppers are avoiding the rush at stores by turning to their mobile phones to do their Christmas shopping. “Based on the astounding uptake in our mobi services, Santa’s biggest little helper this Christmas will be mobile shopping platforms,” Gary Novitzkas, CEO of South African online retailer kalahari.com, said in a statement last week. He said that shopping on the move allowed shoppers to compare prices, research gift ideas, redeem electronic vouchers and watch for special deals, while also saving time and money. “Our aim is to alleviate the stress of Christmas shopping by making it as convenient as possible, as well as offering great value and an extensive range of ‘must have’ items.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more